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The Linux Foundation has launched the Community Data License Agreement (CDLA) to address a gap in the market that was initially motivated by the need of many organizations to share training data for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications.


  • The CDLA is a license and also, importantly, an agreement,

Features and Benefits

  • Explains why a new data license is needed and why current data licences are insufficient or have limitations.
  • Explains the relation between CDLA and GDPR.

Key questions answered

  • What are the two CDLA licenses?
  • What is inbound and outbound licensing?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The CDLA is a license and an agreement
  • The CDLA is initially available in two variants with some similarities to how open source software is licensed
  • The impact of GDPR and its relation to CDLA


  • Further reading
  • Author

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